Keychron’s newest keyboard features magnetic, analog Hall effect switches

The first mechanical keyboard featuring Hall effect switches, the Keychron Q1 HE, was introduced by the keyboard manufacturer Keychron through a Kickstarter campaign. There is a fully constructed model on Kickstarter that costs $214, and there is a stripped-down model that costs $194 without switches or keycaps. Hall effect switches stand out from conventional mechanical switches due to its analog design, which allows for the distinction between light and heavy key pushes. Users can adjust the actuation depth of individual keys with the Q1 HE.

In addition, the keyboard features a “rapid trigger” feature that records keystrokes upon instantaneous re-press, obviating the necessity of lifting past the reset point. By utilizing the analog sensitivity of the switches, users can achieve sophisticated customisation by designating a single key to up to four actions. Although Keychron is known for making some of the best mechanical keyboards, the company is now using Hall effect switches, joining the ranks of keyboard manufacturers like Wooting, SteelSeries, and Corsair. This puts the Keychron Q1 HE in a unique position to blend a wide range of Hall effect-powered features with an amazing typing experience. Keychron’s web application facilitates the configuration of the analog capabilities of the Keychron Q1 HE and also controls other key remapping operations. This is a departure from Keychron’s typical relationship with the top-notch Via app. Whether Keychron’s software can equal Via’s functionality and power is still up for debate. Both wired and wireless functionality are available with the Q1 HE. If you want to use it wirelessly, you can connect with the provided 2.4GHz USB dongle or via Bluetooth. While Bluetooth offers the benefit of connecting to three devices at once, the USB dongle guarantees a responsive 1,000Hz polling rate.

The Q1 HE is constructed very similarly to Keychron’s current Q1 Pro. It features a small 75% layout and is housed in an all-aluminum casing that is gasket mounted. The keycaps have Keychron’s unique retro-styled OSA profile and are made of sturdy double-shot PBT. Furthermore, it features screw-in stabilizers mounted on the PCB. Although there aren’t many alternatives for replacing the linear Gateron 2.0 Magnetic switches except other Hall effect switches, they can theoretically be hot-swapped. It is notable for having a volume knob and RGB backlighting that illuminates each key when facing south. Backers of the Keychron Q1 HE can currently back the project on Kickstarter, and the company expects to begin shipping keyboards to backers in February. Following that, these keyboards will be sold via Keychron’s web store.

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